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At What Point Do You Consider A Collection Done?

 
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Bedrock of the Community
Australia
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 Posted 09/20/2019  10:21 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Decades ago, I have managed to do complete sets, with nice success.
Got bored.

So I asked myself:-
What could I collect, such that is is impossible to do a complete set?
The answer:-
ancient coins.

I have continued doing that for the last 40+ years.
Never been bored since, always learning something new.
Huge amount of scholarly research done. Researchers have earned their pHd's on ancient numismatics.
Adjustable budget. Coins from a few dollars, to a few thousand dollars.
International collector base, facilitated by the Internet.

Currently, I am looking at building a U.S. type set, (for knowledge, CCF has helped immensely), but I won't be able to complete that, either - complete set way too big and expensive.
No problem, When it is disposed of, future collectors will be looking for individual coins anyway, not the complete set.
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United States
4222 Posts
 Posted 09/20/2019  10:59 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kanga to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I consider a set complete when I have all that I can afford.
For some sets that's having all by Date/Mint Mark.
For others that's having all by Date/Mint Mark/Die Variety.
Describe it as if there were no picture.
Picture it as if there were no description.
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Canada
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 Posted 09/20/2019  11:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DBM to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
I thought the collection is done ....when you die

"Dipping" is not considered cleaning...
-from PCGS website
Bedrock of the Community
Australia
15868 Posts
 Posted 09/20/2019  11:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
To be honest, that's basically me as well.
I will collect anything that's numismatically interesting,
- providing I can cherry pick it at a highly opportunistic price.
But I do have some numismatic first loves.
Bedrock of the Community
United States
17350 Posts
 Posted 09/21/2019  01:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hey Frog - Ill shoot some photos this weekend and post them up.
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Canada
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 Posted 09/21/2019  09:20 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mcshilling to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I know I will never complete any set that I have started because there is always that 1 or 2 key dates in any set that my budget will not let me get.
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United States
206 Posts
 Posted 09/21/2019  09:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Standfast to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Who knows mcshilling, maybe you can start a trend.

Key date free sets, for those who refuse to bow to societal pressure.
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Russian Federation
2768 Posts
 Posted 09/21/2019  10:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
To be honest, that's basically me as well.
I will collect anything that's numismatically interesting,
- providing I can cherry pick it at a highly opportunistic price.
But I do have some numismatic first loves.
- sounds like me as well!


That said, for my modern Russian circulation coin sets, I explicitly excluded any ultra-rare dates (mint set only, NCLT, pattern, or just generally ludicrously low mintage).

This meant that the hardest remaining key date was the 2 ruble 1999-M, which was rare but not nigh-unobtainably so.

(I did eventually end up getting one of those in circulation, but it took me several years.)
Bedrock of the Community
United States
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 Posted 09/21/2019  10:44 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For me no such thing as done. This is a sick, sick thing with me. Just can't stop collecting and since I never sell a coin, piles of rolls, albums, etc. just keep on accumulating. For example I'm now on 12 Albums of Mercury dimes. 10 of them also have the 16D coin. About half do not have all the 42 over dates. Set one was recently completed with all FSB coins however, there too, always room for improvements as I now inspect each coin. My method of collecting is to buy coins I need to improve coins in an Album. As I get better and better graded coins, they go into an Album and the ones that were there go into a 2x2 flip. As the amount of flips grows to the point of almost an Album, I start a new Album with those and it starts all over again.
In other words there is not end to this hobby.
just carl
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United States
354 Posts
 Posted 09/21/2019  1:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Ok after reading Carl's post I almost reconsidered getting a key date :) but instead of getting a few silver eagle or Peace dollars. I picked up a fine IHC 1909 S with full liberty :)

Now it's saving up for the 1877 :)
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United States
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 Posted 09/21/2019  1:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My position has already been expressed by others. There are so many expensive key dates across the many series issued by the US mint that I'll never be able to complete all the sets I collect. Heck, I'm constantly upgrading and shuffling coins down to set 2 and 3 (even set #9 for Lincoln Cents 1935-1958)knowing full well sets will always have empty holes but I'm ok with that...
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United States
206 Posts
 Posted 09/21/2019  2:17 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Standfast to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply


Quote:
I picked up a fine IHC 1909 S with full liberty :)

Congrats hfjacinto!
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United States
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 Posted 09/21/2019  6:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Way to go!


Quote:
You misunderstand my post. They are very different in terms of collectible but not in terms of spend. I can choose to get an 1877 or get lots lots of ASE.


I didn't misunderstand. I was making a value judgement on that being a false dilemma. To me it's like saying I can buy an 1877 IHC or some Walmart shares.
I think a true dilemma for a collector would be whether to spend on an 1877IHC to complete that set, or buy the next 3 coins in another set they are working on, or like you say, buy the majority of a set like Mercuries.

I agree that its fine to set limits, like not spending for a key date that will set you back more than a certain amount. After all, hobbies are about pleasure. I've certainly set limits like that in my collecting themes.

That's just how my brain works
Edited by tdziemia
09/21/2019 6:14 pm
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Canada
2458 Posts
 Posted 09/21/2019  6:36 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
and to follow up on my earlier comments, I constantly, upgrade coins, in my 3 main collections, when the coin, has the proper eye appeal, and price come available. I have marked down what I purchased the first coin for, then I minus what I can get for it, and I use that towards the price of the upgrade, so if you work your way up the scale, it doesn't hurt as much when you only have to sell the first one and add a little money to it, to buy your upgrade..
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United States
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 Posted 09/22/2019  3:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tdziemia to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
I thought the collection is done ....when you die


Isn't the unfinished collection still an unfinished collection after you die? Though it is true the collecting is done.
A la Schubert.
Our oeuvre (whether it's stuff we've collected, or stuff we've created) outlives us, for better or worse.
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